The Golden Temple at Amritsar. India.

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This is the second painting I have made in oil of the Golden Temple at Amritsar in India. It is 610 cms x 915 cms and is an oil on board, so it is quite large. In this showing you this work in progress I will take a different approach to usual by showing you the complete picture first and then I will go on to explain how it came about, some of the experiences I encountered in making the picture and will explain what is going one at several stages in the making of it. Hope you find this as enlightening to see as it was for me in doing it. Martin Taylor

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by Martin Taylor

Very much looking forward to this: though believe me, I'm not going to try emulating your style!  Life is too short, and I don't try for this level of detail - but I recognize a cracking painting when I see one.  
Arriving at the temple I was overwhelmed by the sights and sounds. The main temple is situated in a large tank of water. All around is a marble walkway where you walk around and view the temple from every angle, there are tannoys constantly chanting prayers, the marble walkway is continually being washed down, there are hundreds of people. The complex operates for worship 24 hrs a day 365 days a year.
I settled down to try and paint a watercolour. It was not long before I was surrounded by hundreds of people, and they often stand in front of you and block the view. You smile and politely ask them to stand aside a bit, as if they cannot see what you are doing. Some boys sat down right next to me, and were constantly chatting and asking questions. Fun and good natured, but it is hard to concentrate when they are picking up your brushes, and laughing. It was not long before I had to move as guards wanted to wash down the marble. I then had to either wait for it to dry or sit down on wet marble. Not long after settling down, with my crowd, I needed to stretch my legs from being crosslegged. Stretching my legs out immediately the guard told me off, as it is impolite to place your feet towards the gods. 

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by Martin Taylor

Martin, how big is it? Surely you meant mm not cm?
Marjorie, you should know not to ask a man about size.  I think he means 2 ft by 3 ft.
Ladies.....
Oh Linda😂 Surely you're not suggesting that men like to inflate their measurements😳

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by Marjorie Firth

But this is a fantastic painting Martin.  I have’s visited the Golden temple, but it is still on the bucket list.  You obviously had a great day for it as it is glistening in the sunshine. 
Martin, how big is it? Surely you meant mm not cm?
Marjorie Firth on 21/03/2021 09:49:19
No, It's big 610 cms 915 cms
Marjorie, you should know not to ask a man about size.  I think he means 2 ft by 3 ft.
Linda Wilson on 21/03/2021 10:28:10
Please girls, size is not an issue. Its 610 cms x 915 cms
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